GarlicBeds Truro Farmer Collects Rare Garlic Varieties

There are said to be roughly 600 cultivated varieties of garlic worldwide. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a Truro farmer who’s sought out and planted some of the most unusual varieties of garlic on his quarter acre farm. This fall Peter Burgess put 6,000 cloves in the ground. As winter wears on, his excitement grows, and he muses on the satisfaction of knowing he has something growing to carry him through from fall until spring.

You can read more about the garlic varieties Peter Burgess is growing and find his suggestion for a great book about garlic on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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IMG_0152 Three Locals Talk about Raising, Slaughtering, and Butchering their Pigs

These days, we don’t often interact with the animals we eat. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with three local people about raising, slaughtering, and butchering pigs. She weaves their voices together to bring the animals from life to death and finally to the table.

You can find links to several essays about raising, slaughtering, and butchering pigs on her blog, Diary of a Locavore, along with links to some of the YouTube videos on butchering mentioned in the piece.

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IMG_0147 It’s an Omnivore’s Dilemma for Pig Farmers

Some livestock unequivocally fare better on certain diets. Cows, for instance, do best on grass. But when it comes to pigs, local farmers are faced with a classic omnivore’s dilemma. Pigs can and will eat just about anything. In this week’s Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with four local pig farmers about what they feed their pigs, and why.

You can read more on Elspeth’s blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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